Diane Meyers

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Diane is a partner with over a decade of commercial litigation experience. She has particular expertise in insurance coverage and environmental and natural resources matters. In addition to significant experience in a variety of complex commercial matters, Diane handles numerous environmental litigation and claims involving hazardous site investigations, cleanups, cost recovery, natural resource damages, including sites in Washington and Idaho on behalf of petroleum companies, refineries, distributors, and landowners in MTCA and CERCLA actions. Diane's clients come from a variety of industries and include ports and municipal agencies, petroleum and chemical companies, public transit authorities, and national and community banking institutions.

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On April 14, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that it would not list the Pacific Fisher under the Endangered Species Act. The fisher (Pekania pennant) is presently found in Southern Oregon, Northern California, and the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, although historically, the species ranged the northern forests of Canada and the United States, as well as forests in the Appalachian, Rocky, and Pacific Coast Mountains. The fisher’s range was reduced in the…
Late last week, the Oregon Department of State Lands denied the State of Wyoming’s request to challenge the Department’s denial of Ambre Energy’s application for a removal-fill permit. (We were following this case at the end of August.) The Department said that Wyoming lacked standing because it had not shown how it would be adversely affected by the permit denial. The decision was based in part Wyoming’s failure to submit  comments on the Department’s review of…
This week has been a week of catching up, so some of this may be old news to you, but maybe you have a tall stack of things you aspire to read someday and you’ll have some sympathy… St. Mary’s Cement Inc. Against the EPA Out of the Sixth Circuit, by way of Michigan, a case is brewing that pits St. Mary’s Cement Inc. against the EPA. Why am I reading it? Because the Michigan…
Ruling from the bench on Friday, Judge H. Russel Holland dismissed Pebble Limited Partnership’s claims that the EPA overstepped its authority in initiating proceedings under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act. (The written opinion is here.) EPA advised Pebble Partnership by letter in February 2014 that it was beginning the process under 404(c) to review potential adverse environmental effects of mining the Pebble deposit. Pebble Partnership sued in July, claiming that the EPA could not…
To close the loop on our previous stories regarding the WRRDA (here and here), President Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 on Tuesday. Now it is on to the appropriation process, although there are some immediate changes to how projects are approved, etc., that we could see the benefit of sooner. During the signing, the President encouraged Congress to continue its work on transportation infrastructure. (In related news, …
A lot has already been written and said about yesterday’s 7-2 decision in the U.S. Supreme Court in CTS v. Waldburger case, in which the Court held that statutes of repose (as opposed to statutes of limitations) are not preempted by CERCLA and operate, as North Carolina’s did there, to bar state law claims for contamination. The case turned on whether CERCLA distinguishes between statutes of limitation and statutes of repose, and, in effect, whether…
I know this blog is about the intersection of science, law and the environment, and it has largely adhered to typical topics that you expect to meet at that intersection. But today I’m excited about a different kind of intersection, specifically a study (long and the first of its kind) of protected bike lane intersections in five U.S. cities. (Cool segue, right?) If you ride a bike, like I sometimes do, you know that the…
As we have previously detailed (here and here), Congress just passed, and the President is expected to sign, the first water resource development bill since 2007. This will make ports on both coasts more competitive internationally. For those ports here in the Pacific Northwest, it will make them more competitive with Canadian ports in British Columbia. Now, Mexico appears to be joining  the fun, announcing plans to invest $4.55 billion to expand and modernize